Something insidious and secretive is quietly happening underneath our noses. Not that this is anything new from the Obama administration mind you, but since this one hits particularly close to home (i.e. this website and Facebook page), we thought we better alert you.
Within the last couple of weeks, both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) have announced their intention to regulate (i.e. control) the Internet.
Your — and our — freedom of speech on these pages is under direct assault.
Let’s start with the attack by the FCC. You may have heard of something called “Net Neutrality.” Sounds good, right?
Under the pretext of “fairness” (of course), FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his commission was claiming the power to regulate the Internet like a utility service in order to regulate Internet service providers and the speed rate at which they provide service. In other words, Internet providers couldn’t throttle back data speed for certain content and customers, and speed it back up for others.
But that’s not really the issue. According to Ajit Pai, an FCC commissioner (and one of only two Republicans on the FCC board),
“The American people are being misled about President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet,” he said in a statement, suggesting that Mr. Obama had pressured Mr. Wheeler into reclassification. “Last week’s carefully managed rollout was designed to downplay the plans of a massive intrusion in the Internet economy … . I have now read the 332-page plan. It is worse than I had imagined,” said Mr. Pai. In particular, he warned that reclassifying broadband would open the door to taxes and onerous regulations, and give the FCC “broad and unprecedented discretion to micromanage the Internet.”
However you, dear reader, are not allowed to review the full plan before the commission votes on it because Chairman Wheeler is keeping it SECRET. A four-page summary has been released, but Wheeler refuses to make the full document public.
Nervous yet? Yep, they’ll need to pass this plan before YOU get to find out what’s in it. Now where have we heard that before?
But that’s just the FCC.
Democrats on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) have said they’re “prepared to forge ahead with new regulations on bloggers and others using the Internet to support candidates and influence public policy. Supporters of Internet regulation urged the FEC to put together new rules to require even third-party Internet-based groups to reveal donors, a move that would reverse a 2006 decision to keep the agency’s hands off the Internet,” according to Newsmax.com.
Late last year, FEC Vice Chair Ann Ravel said she fears that in trying to keep the Internet open for bloggers, they’ve instead created a loophole for major political players to escape some scrutiny.
“Some of my colleagues seem to believe that the same political message that would require disclosure if run on television should be categorically exempt from the same requirements when placed in the Internet alone,” said FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel in a statement. “As a matter of policy, this simply does not make sense.”
She said the FEC should no longer “turn a blind eye to the Internet’s growing force in the political arena.”
Commissioner Pai appeared recently on Sean Hannity’s radio show, and when asked how a website like the Drudge Report would be impacted by FEC rulings, Pai stated “ I can tell you…one of my friends over at the Federal Election Commission, Lee Goodman, has been outspoken about the fact that some of the commissioners there are very interested in looking at content online that, in their view, shapes the political discourse. And so if you pair what the FCC is doing in terms of the Internet’s infrastructure, and what the FEC might do in terms of the Internet’s content, you see a pretty dangerous combination in terms of government control over not just what we say, but how we say it.”
It’s a very slippery slope we’re sliding down. Internet news and commentary on sites like Drudge, Breitbart, Townhall – and even this one – which don’t parrot the mainstream media line have been instrumental in cutting the left-leaning media’s stranglehold on information (disinformation and propaganda). If you want to maintain control of the population, you must maintain control of the information.
As the saying goes, in a time of universal deceit, truth becomes a revolutionary act. Vive la revolution!